California Walnut Meatless Meatballs

Total Time:
40 Mins
4 Servings / 8 Meatballs
Skill Level:

You won’t miss the beef in this vegetarian version of the classic Italian favourite!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add tomato paste and cook for 1 minute more.
  3. Transfer to a food processor with walnuts, rice, roasted red peppers, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, parsley, Italian seasoning, and egg. Pulse until combined, but not mushy.
  4. Form into 8 equal balls and place on prepared baking sheet. Cook for 12 minutes or until firm to the touch. Serve with California Walnut Pesto or Muhammara Sauce.


By: California Walnuts

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